Fresh from his trio of third place finishes at Cadwell Park, Tommy Bridewell enjoyed another strong weekend in round seven of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Snetterton.
Stepping onto the rostrum twice for second and once in third, the Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider made it seven podiums in a row.
That’s put him on a total of 23 podium credits which, although still 40 down on championship leader Jason O’Halloran, keeps him very much in title contention.
After taking an emotional third in Saturday’s race, dedicating the podium to his Uncle Gordon who recently passed away, the Wiltshire rider started Sunday’s opener from pole position. Unlike Cadwell, he made a good getaway and ran in the leading three for much of the race, leading on numerous occasions.
“It was a tricky race even though I made a reasonable start on this occasion,” he said afterwards. “The pace was really slow but the track was a lot greasier that Saturday due to the higher temperatures.”
“I needed to be lapping about three-tenths of a second a lap quicker than I was but I didn’t have anything to respond and made a couple of mistakes trying. No excuses though. I had about a two-second gap to those behind me but couldn’t get close enough to Tarran or Jason to make a pass.”
Bridewell was again in contention for the win in the final race and was looking good in the lead until the red flag came out for Danny Buchan’s crash. He again led the early stages of the five-lap re-start before having to give best to Mackenzie.
“I learnt a lot in the first start whilst the five-lap dash was exactly that. It was a real dog fight and really enjoyable and I had a good go. I didn’t have the rear tyre to really dig in though and struggled to match the Yamahas where they were really strong.”
“I sat at the front doing what I could so although disappointed not to have won, it was a good second and it’s good to officially confirm our Showdown place for the third year in a row.”